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Ariel-Starfish
09-05-2013, 03:09 PM
I know tails take priorities over tops I believe, and have different wait times. I know she's been super busy (always is) I'll try and remind her too! If it's any consolation I believe she's finally nearing the end of her recent batch of orders and is just going flat out. Keep in mind they were away performing over the long weekend too. If you sent two emails I think that should be good :)

Thanks sweety! <3

Merman Arion
09-05-2013, 06:11 PM
*working on new updates for the Merbella gifs thread* :)

http://25.media.tumblr.com/66fb86d5eccd37c5d73fce4d05744d7b/tumblr_mp2l703rsg1r5gn15o1_500.gif

MerEmma
09-05-2013, 06:16 PM
This is so weird...I had MerBellas FB up earlier and she had posted a review of something and I was going to read it after I finished with another tab. I came back, it timed out and I refreshed the page and now it's gone. I wonder if it was deleted or an FB glitch?

AniaR
09-05-2013, 07:18 PM
yeah fb glitch she doesn know why it went away either :/

Mermaid Lorelei
09-05-2013, 07:23 PM
https://sphotos-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1175298_581099335279484_421430318_n.jpg

I have a tail color friend!

Echinacea
09-05-2013, 07:29 PM
That is absolutely gorgeous! Makes me think of sunsets! Wow! *sigh* :)

AniaR
09-05-2013, 07:38 PM
yeah the FB page is being really wonky for Raven from the admin side of things, we're trying to figure it out together.

In the meantime, here are fluke details

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1277470_581102625279155_396477064_o.jpg

MerEmma
09-05-2013, 07:44 PM
I'm glad it was just FB, I was really looking forward to reading it but then it disappeared when I got back to it. Hopefully you guys can figure it out--FB is just so annoying for what seems like all of the time. :c

On the other hand--that tail is GORGEOUS! So glad to see the full thing.

shimmygoddess
09-05-2013, 08:33 PM
Raina, I hate to bother Raven with another email. I had sent her my measurments over the weekend, which she never got, so I resent them with a question as to the vertical measurements and if I did it correctly. I hate to email her again to make sure she got it, but I also worry she didnt get my message. How long is long enough to wait? LOL. Once I know I have sent everything and she has all that she needs from me, I seriously won't bother her...LOL..I just dont want to think she has what she needs, then months later find out she couldnt work on it b/c she didnt have my info. LOL...sigh

Ariel-Starfish
09-06-2013, 11:35 AM
https://sphotos-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1175298_581099335279484_421430318_n.jpg

I have a tail color friend!

That is awsome!! :D

PearlieMae
09-06-2013, 12:14 PM
So beautiful!

Facebook has been wonky for a couple of days now for lots of folks...I think they are going through lots of updates on the back end.

Sephina
09-06-2013, 01:07 PM
So I know there are several mers with the neoprene backed tails from merbellas, I'm curious to know from one of you guys if they get heavy, or hard to lift the fluke out of the water. I'm saving up for a new tail because the Mertailor one I have is just getting cumbersome, falling apart (and I've only swam in it like 15 times), and I find I get bruises on my feet from trying to work the tail due to it getting so heavy. Is this something that is just par for the course on neoprene backed tails, or is just an issue with the Mertailors tail?

Mermaid Octavia
09-06-2013, 01:41 PM
I don't have a Merbellas basic tail (mine is pure neoprene) but I can say that my tail gets very heavy when I try to get out of the water - my tail soaks it up like a sponge.

Phoenix Mermaid
09-06-2013, 03:20 PM
So I know there are several mers with the neoprene backed tails from merbellas, I'm curious to know from one of you guys if they get heavy, or hard to lift the fluke out of the water. I'm saving up for a new tail because the Mertailor one I have is just getting cumbersome, falling apart (and I've only swam in it like 15 times), and I find I get bruises on my feet from trying to work the tail due to it getting so heavy. Is this something that is just par for the course on neoprene backed tails, or is just an issue with the Mertailors tail?

Yes they get heavier when wet. I can bearly pull mine out of the water without help or hold it up for very long. I did notice it got easier though the longer I was in my tail. I think my muscles had gotten use to "how" my body need to move to lift it. But I think the more I swim in my tail the easier will get.

Mermaid Oshun
09-06-2013, 03:37 PM
so a neoprene based tail is heavier in the water than a full silicone tail?

Mermaid Octavia
09-06-2013, 03:48 PM
so a neoprene based tail is heavier in the water than a full silicone tail?

I think it's rather, a neoprene based tail soaks up water and retains it when getting out of the water. It's near weightless when fully submerged - the weight issue only comes up when you were just in the water and you're trying to get out or lift your fluke. It's a sponge effect - sponges are much lighter when dry vs when wet! I hope that all made sense!

AniaR
09-06-2013, 05:45 PM
I think most silicone tails are heavy fluke wise, I suggest getting the fluke cast thinner- but if you do that you must be aware that they are more fragile than a regular fluke. I still can't lift the mermaid creations tail fluke out of the water- and most of the time for photos the other mermaids I have it in get Sean to help them lift it up- but I've never had a problem lifting my merbellas fluke (which keep in mind is cast thinner)


Shimmy Goddess I'll suggest Raven take a look at the forum. We're both pretty busy this weekend.

Mermaid Lorelei
09-06-2013, 06:02 PM
Just be careful about getting a fluke cast too thin. I made mine thin so I could lift it easily as well, but I ended up making it too thin and now it looks obvious that I have a monofin inside. Just saying. :>

shimmygoddess
09-06-2013, 06:10 PM
Thanks Raina. I dont really want to send her another email just to make sure she has all my info. :)

*Celine*
09-06-2013, 06:30 PM
I love this thread about Merbellas! I've been following Raven's creations for some time now and the more I see her tails the more I want one!!! But I'm about to finish my sequin tail and even though the Merbellas tails are to die for I simply can't afford them yet, BUT I WILL ONE DAY, MUHAHAHA!!!

Mer-Crazy
09-06-2013, 10:09 PM
So I know there are several mers with the neoprene backed tails from merbellas, I'm curious to know from one of you guys if they get heavy, or hard to lift the fluke out of the water. I'm saving up for a new tail because the Mertailor one I have is just getting cumbersome, falling apart (and I've only swam in it like 15 times), and I find I get bruises on my feet from trying to work the tail due to it getting so heavy. Is this something that is just par for the course on neoprene backed tails, or is just an issue with the Mertailors tail?
Heavier/harder to swim IN the water? Not really. Hard to lift the fluke? Yes. I tried doing a couple of shots the other day and the photographer was like 'can you lift the tail out of the water some more?' and I was like "Not really" I'd usually have to change the pose I was doing to get more out of my legs. As for lifting up the fluke... in this picture here:
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the fluke had to be constantly moving, so I'd either lift it straight out of the water and she'd do an action/burst shot and then I'd let it flop back down, or I kind of figured out I can wave it back and forth and that helped me keep my balance. But just holding it straight up (like in Raina's sig or in the photo) I was only like that for a few second before the weight pulled me sideways haha!

It is also MUCH heavier out of the water once you've swum in it (a perfect way to end a long swim and you're all tired).

Phoenix Mermaid
09-06-2013, 10:44 PM
I think Octavia, Raina and Mer-Crazy hit the nail on the head lol

AniaR
09-06-2013, 10:58 PM
It's funny cuz I will fall over sometimes because it's so wide and the balance thing just makes me go flying... haha but yeah I honestly have no trouble holding it up. It also doesn't collect water so that helps. but keep in mind I don't have neoprene

Miyu
09-06-2013, 11:18 PM
Ah, well, I suppose that a real mermaid might be a little unstable out of the water as well :p Great, now I get to look forward to falling over every time I try doing that pose LOL!

Mermaid Cecelia
09-07-2013, 02:35 AM
Hey y'all :) so I literally spent the last few hours just reading every page of this thread, lol. I currently have a fabric tail that I made, but I'm saving up for one of ravens basic tails!!! They are soooo beautiful, I must have one! :P all of y'all's tails are so perfect! :D

Mermaid Kalliope
09-07-2013, 05:03 PM
Whoa.... haha weird dream.

Sorta.

In my dream, my tail was suddenly here! Like with no warning from Raven or anything. I was so surprised. Haha I was also nervous because I hadn't received any pictures of my tail before she sent it. I left it there and didn't open it for like two days. When I finally cut the tape, I only opened the flap and didn't get to see the tail. XD I don't know what happened that prevented me from fully opening it.

So, yeap!

Edit: I know Raven would never do that. XP

Ariel-Starfish
09-08-2013, 06:45 AM
Yay I got acreplay from Raven telling me my Ariel brais nearly finished! And she would send it out this week together with my tail glue to fix the waist ^^ *happy*

Ariel-Starfish
09-08-2013, 01:32 PM
Also: I finally had the time to write a review :)

http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3092-Merbella-Studios&p=90396#post90396

AniaR
09-08-2013, 02:40 PM
Yay for people writing reviews, I wish more would!

Ariel-Starfish
09-08-2013, 11:15 PM
Yay for people writing reviews, I wish more would!

Yes! Becouse there aren't many, I really took the time to make my own for people to read. I hope it's usefull. ^^

Mermaid Kalliope
09-09-2013, 03:06 AM
Raina, I must say... your tail just GLOWS now. I mean... wow. I had never *quite* realised the difference in paint job. Your tail really speaks as an example of Raven's skill.

Also, side note, I'll be writing a review for your book when I get back on a proper computer. :-)

Winged Mermaid
09-09-2013, 03:26 AM
I'd say the ability to lift the fluke out of the water is another pro for the performance tails. The fluke is COMPLETELY glued down so no water gets in it at all. It goes down to the end of the foot pockets and after that it's sealed off. Yeah, the fluke is heavy, but it's JUST the weight of the fluke you're dealing with, not water weight in there or extra weight of wet material. Since I have a competitor monofin it's even easier since the fin acts like the fluke's "bone" I guess you could say. I can actually do hand stands in my tail in a pool! I can do the classic "fluke up" pose pretty indefinitely. And I can do things like this (thumbnails, click for larger image).

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc227/winged_mermaid/Me%20as%20a%20mermaid/th_DSC089593croppedwm.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/winged_mermaid/media/Me%20as%20a%20mermaid/DSC089593croppedwm.jpg.html) http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc227/winged_mermaid/Me%20as%20a%20mermaid/th_DSC0891croppedE_filteredwm.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/winged_mermaid/media/Me%20as%20a%20mermaid/DSC0891croppedE_filteredwm.jpg.html)http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc227/winged_mermaid/Me%20as%20a%20mermaid/th_DSC08907croppedwm.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/winged_mermaid/media/Me%20as%20a%20mermaid/DSC08907croppedwm.jpg.html)

I'll be writing a review for sure! I just like to use a product for a while before reviewing to be able to give more complete information on the product and also on wear and tear a few months in. :)

Merman Arion
09-09-2013, 06:06 AM
OMG... I completely forgot to do my review about my tail from Magictail.

:doh:

Ariel-Starfish
09-09-2013, 12:36 PM
Oh one suick question:.after a 4 to 5 times of swimming in my (basic) tail, is it recommended to give the tail a bath with baking soda? And for how long/ how much baking soda? I always rise my tail with water every time I had a swim in it. But now the inside is a bit smelly (It dried properly!). Thanks!

(I know this is somewhere in the tail care trezd, but I can't seem to find it asap)

Mermaid Octavia
09-09-2013, 03:21 PM
Oh one suick question:.after a 4 to 5 times of swimming in my (basic) tail, is it recommended to give the tail a bath with baking soda? And for how long/ how much baking soda? I always rise my tail with water every time I had a swim in it. But now the inside is a bit smelly (It dried properly!). Thanks!

(I know this is somewhere in the tail care trezd, but I can't seem to find it asap)

Mine's not silicone but I did notice the same funky smell from my neoprene tail and what I did was soak it in a cold water bath with antibacterial soap. I can turn mine inside out, so I did one soak on the outside, rinsed, turned it inside out and did another soap bath, rinsed and dried it. It was a very mild hand soap and the smell went away!

Winged Mermaid
09-09-2013, 05:50 PM
Baking soda soaks are to neutralize the acidic effects of chlorine directly after a swim to prevent damage to your tail. How much and how long is your best judgement. Sometimes I do a rinse, sometimes a soak, sometimes for a few hrs sometimes overnight.

The smell issue is due to bacteria growth. You can use a white vinegar rinse (1:1 ratio water and vinegar mix). You can use antibacterial soap but it may be harsh on the materials, which is why most people use vinegar as it's a very benign cleaner. You can also use special wet suit cleaner (linked in tail care thread) that will do a great job and is made for that material.
For people with full silicone tails that's when you bust out the sex toy cleaner. Mine got a funky smell 10 swims in and using the toy cleaner all inside of it got rid of it.

Merman Arion
09-09-2013, 06:07 PM
Baking soda soaks are to neutralize the acidic effects of chlorine directly after a swim to prevent damage to your tail. How much and how long is your best judgement. Sometimes I do a rinse, sometimes a soak, sometimes for a few hrs sometimes overnight.

The smell issue is due to bacteria growth. You can use a white vinegar rinse (1:1 ratio water and vinegar mix). You can use antibacterial soap but it may be harsh on the materials, which is why most people use vinegar as it's a very benign cleaner. You can also use special wet suit cleaner (linked in tail care thread) that will do a great job and is made for that material.
For people with full silicone tails that's when you bust out the sex toy cleaner. Mine got a funky smell 10 swims in and using the toy cleaner all inside of it got rid of it.

Iona, my public poor is using Chlorine for their water (although i don't know the amount within...).
My tail is a blue magictail so it's made of fabric. Recently, after 4 swims, i understood that i had to rinse my tail right after the swim and sometime with mild soap to avoid the damages. What about white vinegar? Do you think this is something that i can use for this kind of material?

MerEmma
09-09-2013, 06:19 PM
For future reference: http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3108-%26%239734%3B-Tail-Care-and-Maintenance-The-Official-Thread-%26%239734%3B

Merman Arion
09-09-2013, 06:23 PM
For future reference: http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?3108-%26%239734%3B-Tail-Care-and-Maintenance-The-Official-Thread-%26%239734%3B

Thanks MerEmma :)

Ariel-Starfish
09-10-2013, 06:44 AM
Baking soda soaks are to neutralize the acidic effects of chlorine directly after a swim to prevent damage to your tail. How much and how long is your best judgement. Sometimes I do a rinse, sometimes a soak, sometimes for a few hrs sometimes overnight.

The smell issue is due to bacteria growth. You can use a white vinegar rinse (1:1 ratio water and vinegar mix). You can use antibacterial soap but it may be harsh on the materials, which is why most people use vinegar as it's a very benign cleaner. You can also use special wet suit cleaner (linked in tail care thread) that will do a great job and is made for that material.
For people with full silicone tails that's when you bust out the sex toy cleaner. Mine got a funky smell 10 swims in and using the toy cleaner all inside of it got rid of it.


So a white vinegar mix it is! :) Thank you!

Mermaid Harmony
09-10-2013, 03:08 PM
I had my first swim in my merbellas tail yesterday!! It was awesome, but hot clam the competitor takes some getting used to, especially after taililn it up in an oceanika in my fish butt (granted I do practice with a rapid), but phew, my feet were killing me after, but it's so pretty in the water! I'm going swimming again tomorrow and friday, and I'll post my review here in the next two days, just wanted to share because I was super stoked, it was a salt water pool so I rinsed it out with fresh water, dried it out, and then put it on my wader dryer, on wednesday I'll soak it. :-)

Ariel-Starfish
09-10-2013, 03:46 PM
I had my first swim in my merbellas tail yesterday!! It was awesome, but hot clam the competitor takes some getting used to, especially after taililn it up in an oceanika in my fish butt (granted I do practice with a rapid), but phew, my feet were killing me after, but it's so pretty in the water! I'm going swimming again tomorrow and friday, and I'll post my review here in the next two days, just wanted to share because I was super stoked, it was a salt water pool so I rinsed it out with fresh water, dried it out, and then put it on my wader dryer, on wednesday I'll soak it. :-)


Awsome!! And about the painfull feet: after the first time swimming in my tail i had cramps in my feet for 3 days :')

Ariel-Starfish
09-10-2013, 03:48 PM
Awsome!! And about the painfull feet: after the first time swimming in my tail i had cramps in my feet for 3 days :')

Mer-Crazy
09-10-2013, 10:01 PM
Hey guys. So, I've run into a bit of trouble. In a recent photoshoot I was doing a boat passed and washed me into a rock covered in oysters. I got a bit cut up, and my tail sustained a small amount of damage. It has a few cuts in the bottom (as in right where my bottom is) right now, luckily they're all just on the silicon level and haven't actually reached the neoprene so I suspect they're repairable. I'd just like to know if anyone could tell me how to fix them? I'm really keen to go swimming but I refuse to until my tail is repaired because I don't want to damage it further.

On a side note, the swimming I did whilst at that shoot didn't hurt my ankles at all so yay :)

AniaR
09-10-2013, 10:36 PM
Mer-Crazy you should contact Raven.

Mer-Crazy
09-10-2013, 10:55 PM
I did send her a message as soon as I got home :) but so far haven't received a reply.

Blondie
09-11-2013, 12:20 AM
Oooh I'm glad you're okay though! Oysters are so razor sharp. I still have a scar on my foot from when I tripped into some when I was a kid. How bad are the cuts?

Marlin
09-11-2013, 01:04 AM
@Mer-Crazy- I fell into one when i was a kid and got a pretty nasty gash on my knee. Your tail probably saved your butt (in more than one way apparently). I really hope Raven can patch it up for you.

Mer-Crazy
09-11-2013, 03:36 AM
Oooh I'm glad you're okay though! Oysters are so razor sharp. I still have a scar on my foot from when I tripped into some when I was a kid. How bad are the cuts?

The cuts on the tail aren't too bad. 3 of them ranging in length from about 3-5cm. 2 are just scratches and didn't go through to the neoprene and 1 did but didn't damage the neoprene itself. As for me it was mostly on my back but I didn't get any stitches and the cuts were a bit more numerous, but still light and not too deep :)

Anahita
09-11-2013, 05:15 AM
Oh man, Mer-Crazy, you are just having the worst luck with that tail! First the leg pains, now this.... :( I'm sorry

Ariel-Starfish
09-11-2013, 06:49 AM
auwtch! :(

MerEmma
09-11-2013, 11:17 AM
Careful where you swim! >_<

Mermaid Kalliope
09-13-2013, 02:06 AM
205 days now. >< Anxiousness is beginning to set in. I haven't heard anything about my tail in a while now.

I know she'll pull through, but still! Eeee @.@

Blaze
09-13-2013, 12:54 PM
What is the wait time on Merbella's currently? Does she accept payments while you are waiting in line? :D I was curious if one needs to save up fully or can do a down payment & more over time.

MerEmma
09-13-2013, 01:04 PM
Wait time info: https://www.facebook.com/notes/merbella-studios-inc/faq-about-wait-times-and-email-response-times/542703012452450

It seems like she only accepts full payment, not over time but I don't know for sure.

Blaze
09-13-2013, 01:51 PM
Alas I can't log on FB here at work. Wish she had a non FB storefront too with that info!

AniaR
09-13-2013, 01:55 PM
I know from checking in with her she's finishing up tails right now. She's still not taking any orders ATM but will be soon.there are a few changes. Personally I think they get loads of business without a site the demand is already insane.

MerEmma
09-13-2013, 02:32 PM
Oops, sorry about that then. "In regards to tails, our current wait time is between 90-120days." :)

Ariel-Starfish
09-13-2013, 03:34 PM
205 days now. >< Anxiousness is beginning to set in. I haven't heard anything about my tail in a while now.

I know she'll pull through, but still! Eeee @.@

I hope you get your tail soon <3

Ariel-Starfish
09-13-2013, 03:53 PM
Hmm, I don't see my review anymore, why is it deleted? :confused:A

AniaR
09-13-2013, 05:35 PM
They weren't deleted on purpose. Coincidentally, just before we were hacked, there was a forum glitch and the new merbellas reviews disappeared. Iona spent hours all day trying to get them back, or to try and find cached versions of them to repost. We've both been working at it... but no luck so far.

MerMatt
09-14-2013, 12:52 AM
I didn't purchase a Merbella's tail but I have some advice with what has recently happened with the reviews disappearing. Our company, more specifically my boss is obsessed with having a backup of everything. My suggestion would be to take a copy of the reviews once found (if they can be recovered, fins crossed) and place them on another computer/server that is not related to the servers that run this site. This could go for any content that needs to be backed up. With the other server, make sure that it has backup of backups like our work server has. Its sounds funny to have so many backups but in todays technology driven world this will make life alot easier later if this ever occurs again. Just my two cents.

AniaR
09-14-2013, 01:11 AM
we do have backups done constantly. This was a very very weird glitch.

Winged Mermaid
09-14-2013, 01:30 AM
I was going to PM people about this if I had no further success by tomorrow. Unfortunately the system that glitched was part of a modification to the original software, so it was essentially out of the system in a way. It's hard to explain :/ So backups couldn't help me. It was very strange. I mean the reviews had been up for weeks and Google Cashe didn't even have them even though the Cashe was taken on the 7th of this month! Tell me how that makes sense X_x This was my first time running into it, but now I know that the mod has that issue I'll be making separate backups so if it happens again I'll at least have the content. I'm sincerely sorry to the three whose reviews got deleted (Raina's later one, Ariel, and SweetestofSirens) becuase I know reviews like that take a lot of time and effort to put together :( I hope you'll at least reconsider re-writing them at some point. I know that's very difficult (had stuff like that happen to me and I know i was too frustrated to re write) but that's all I can ask. I'm sincerely sorry but I've tried everything and I can't recover them. The closest I came, I got a server data base error with a 404 so I think they're just gone. :sad eyes:

Mermaid Syrena
09-14-2013, 12:28 PM
That is so strange. :/ But thanks again, Admins, for being such a fantabulous lot and putting in so much work to get the site back up and running swiftly. Mermaids respond well in times of crisis, lol!

Kailani- I can't WAIT to see your tail! Hang in there!

Ariel-Starfish
09-14-2013, 12:35 PM
Thanks for letting us know, Raina and Iona! I still have my original review document so I can repost it any time u like ^^
So... Reposting it or not?

Merman Arion
09-14-2013, 12:41 PM
Thanks for letting us know, Raina and Iona! I still have my original review document so I can repost it any time u like ^^
So... Reposting it or not?

I vote for a repost ;)

AniaR
09-14-2013, 02:19 PM
Trust me poor Iona tried everything. Lol I was out and messaging her ideas from my phone. This woman is super-admin for the forum! Always doing hard work like this behind the scenes!

KatHawkins
09-14-2013, 05:13 PM
All the tails are beautiful, I hope to get one some day. I wish I had found out about mermaid tails before I got my minis.

Ariel-Starfish
09-15-2013, 08:09 AM
Trust me poor Iona tried everything. Lol I was out and messaging her ideas from my phone. This woman is super-admin for the forum! Always doing hard work like this behind the scenes!

I can imagne! She's super helpful and kind every time I need help with something! <3 I love her xD

One re-post coming up!

Mermaid Kalliope
09-15-2013, 08:29 AM
Kailani- I can't WAIT to see your tail! Hang in there!

Me, too! Eeee! I love my design and can't wait to see it come to life!

Also, I am silly and can't count to save my gills. I'm at 138 days. XD Not 200+

Eiiiiiither way, she said "2 maybe 3 weeks out." So, it will be perfect timing!! ^-^ *dances*

Thanks, Ariel!

Ariel-Starfish
09-15-2013, 08:31 AM
@ Kailani : <3

mermaid Syrean
09-16-2013, 01:14 AM
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Well i cant wait to write my reveiw of merbellastudios <3
Ravens working on my tail so as soon as i get it ill post a youtube review of my opening my tail and a close up review :D

Merman Arion
09-16-2013, 03:25 AM
Well i cant wait to write my reveiw of merbellastudios <3
Ravens working on my tail so as soon as i get it ill post a youtube review of my opening my tail and a close up review :D

AMAZING DESIGN !!! :jawdrop:

I love it! :D

We want pictures! :yay:

mermaid Syrean
09-16-2013, 03:46 AM
Thank you so much XD

oh there defiantly will be pictures haha :)

Ariel-Starfish
09-16-2013, 07:57 AM
Lovely design! I think I saw it on Merbellas IG? :D

Mermaid Kalliope
09-16-2013, 09:11 AM
Am I allowed to be nervous at this stage? XD 'Cause I'm nervous. Not on her end, just the "Did I take my measurements right" kind of nervous. Gaaaaaaaah.... *flails* I did them like 2-3 times and they always came the same. And I'm like... did I take them tight enough? Hahaha (well, my roommate took them. XD )

SOMEBODY SLAP MEH. XD

Also, lovely design!! ^-^

Mermaid Syrena
09-16-2013, 03:46 PM
Kailani- you're making me giggle, you cute mer, you! Also, I know EXAAAACTLY how you feel. The excited flailing mood is my default inner mood these days. Hey, I'm SURE you (your roommate) took the measurements right, and your tail will turn out gorgeous! It's hard to believe, isn't it? That your tail will be REAL and like there'll be a PICTURE of it and everything?

Ariel-Starfish
09-17-2013, 02:56 PM
Look! Raven and her pod. :jawdrop: <3


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=586682204721197&set=a.586657038057047.1073741828.178589958863759&type=3&theater

Blaze
09-17-2013, 03:29 PM
Look! Raven and her pod. :jawdrop: <3

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=586682204721197&set=a.586657038057047.1073741828.178589958863759&type=3&theater

I saw last night! Gah! So pretty!!

deepblue
09-17-2013, 04:24 PM
They're so lovely, and I love how strong they all look. Being a mermaid is hard work. :)

Also, so envious that they know as many mers as they do. lol

Echidna
09-17-2013, 06:05 PM
^^ I know right?
It's so fabulous to have a real pod. And such a large one at that!

I wish there were mers in my region. I always wave and smile at every swimmer I meet underwater (you know, just me and them down there), and most just stare at me with a horrible frown before swimming off :(

AniaR
09-17-2013, 06:08 PM
My Octo-booby (as Sean has now named him) came in the mail today! I plan on doing a pretty photoshoot but I grabbed a few pics with my phone for now!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/1234189_712005018834244_974743743_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/600626_712005068834239_56715231_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/993947_712005105500902_1264696778_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1233605_712005165500896_633162338_n.jpg

https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1234289_712005275500885_1277840258_n.jpg

MerEmma
09-17-2013, 06:15 PM
So gorgeous! :D Can't wait to see it matched with your tail. :3

Winged Mermaid
09-17-2013, 09:47 PM
So jealous! Waaaaant seaweed tooooppppppp!!!

deepblue
09-18-2013, 01:55 AM
omg so envious! That is beautiful.

(Also, he goes with my tentacle barette (http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/073/5/a/leviathan_barrette_purple_gold_by_missmonster-d3bneg5.jpg) from MissMonster.)

Ariel-Starfish
09-18-2013, 01:35 PM
oooh what a cutie! ^__^

I hope Raven sends my Ariel top out soon ( aaaaand tail glue!) <3 In the last email she told me she was waiting for new bra's to get in. :)

Blaze
09-18-2013, 01:57 PM
So are there any murmurs on when Raven might be taking orders again? I've made my mind up on the tail (basic with competitor upgrade and glitter topcoat) so yeah; just need to order! :D

Phoenix Mermaid
09-18-2013, 03:39 PM
So I put together some clips for a demo reel (guess that's what I'd call it) I was hoping to have better clips but until I can get hubby a better camera so he can actually help me film, I think this will have to do for now! Please tell me all what you think of the video as far as presenting it to prospective jobs and gig opportunities.


http://youtu.be/Ox1cjVNH65I

And here's some photos. Few of my favs. I've been meaning to post a few here and in the photoshoot thread, but haven't gotten around to them.
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Jessica
09-18-2013, 03:48 PM
Phoenix,
your tail is beautiful and you look amazing!!

Blaze
09-18-2013, 04:40 PM
GORGEOUS! Both your tail and you Phoenix! :D I tried reading your posts back a bit but couldn't find it; is that a basic or performance tail?

Phoenix Mermaid
09-18-2013, 04:50 PM
Thank you Jessica & Scarlet Rose
It's a basic with a competitor upgrade.

lynsea
09-18-2013, 04:55 PM
Phoenix, the tail looks amazing but if I might make some suggestions for your reel. People are hiring you for you and your personality as well as what you look like. It might be nice to get some shots of you interacting with the camera not just swimming. Take a look at what Melissa and Raven do in their tanks to give you some ideas. Just a suggestion!

Phoenix Mermaid
09-18-2013, 05:15 PM
Thank you Lynsea for the advice! (haha.... Lyn-Sea, i love it! ) I'm still working on collecting more photos and better swim clips, like flips, blowing bubbles, kisses and playing. I'll be able to capture better footage once I get a new camera.

Mermaid_Dominique
09-18-2013, 05:23 PM
Raina I love your new top! I would really love a seaweed top! :)

Phoenix, your video looks great but I agree with lynsea, a little bit more interaction with the camera will make it even better! ^^

Phoenix Mermaid
09-18-2013, 05:48 PM
Thanks Mermaid Dominique. I think it would be better with a little more interaction too.
I did do some interacting with the camera but it stopped filming after 10 minutes so I only got swimming shots and it missed everything else :headwall:
OH the woes of only having a tripod for filming lol

Mermaid_Dominique
09-18-2013, 06:16 PM
Ahw that's too bad! The quality is really good though :)! I wish I had one, I'm still practicing with a monofin and I would love to see my swimming! Did you ask friends or family to film you?

AniaR
09-18-2013, 06:28 PM
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A few pics of my other top ;) Naida will be wearing this one. SO COMFY.

PHOENIX YOU LOOK AMAZING so happy for you. wow! Is that a basic or performance? I can't even tell the diff anymore

Also, a message from Raven:


Hey guys, Please bear with me updates coming soon! Our back ordered monofins finally arrived today but we are still waiting on all of our D sizes for bras. I am pretty sick right now and by myself for bit while Tyler is in NY so I'm trying to get back on track as quickly as I can and get you guys updates but I'm moving a little slow right now. Thank you so much for being patient and absolutely wonderful always -Raven

Phoenix Mermaid
09-18-2013, 07:00 PM
@Raina, Thank you! I love your tops! They look beautiful, especially with the pearls and netting. I KNOW! Right? If there was no neoprene on the inside I'd think it was one of her performance tails lol


Ahw that's too bad! The quality is really good though :)! I wish I had one, I'm still practicing with a monofin and I would love to see my swimming! Did you ask friends or family to film you?
Yea the cam does pick up good quality video, the sound seems to have messed up since my last swim but I don't really need sound on that cam. I usually ask my fiance to film for me, but that was when I had a snorkel with a camera attached to it. He would just swim around with me and we got great shots and footage. But that one broke and the one I have now is a little hand held underwater camera. Nice specs and image quality but whoever is filming can't see a thing of what their filming, while the other snorkel cam is at eyesight & picked up whatever you saw through the goggles.

Ariel-Starfish
09-19-2013, 02:30 PM
@ Raina: Thanks for the update! I wanted to contact Raven today but now I have read your post I'll better not do that! I hope she get's better soon! <3

@ Phoenix: I still envy u becouse of your beautifull pictures! :p :D haha!

Here is one of my latest shots from this summer..:) More pictures are in the photoshoot tread! ^^


http://i670.photobucket.com/albums/vv65/LaraCroftFanneke22/Mermaiding/4_zpsc51885e2.jpg (http://s670.photobucket.com/user/LaraCroftFanneke22/media/Mermaiding/4_zpsc51885e2.jpg.html)

Mermaid Kalliope
09-19-2013, 08:58 PM
Syrena - Yeah, I'm silly. Haha Yeah, seeing the design off paper and into reality is going to be MIND BLOWING. Just gah! Not even seeing it and I'm all giddy. Hahaha Wish we could swim together! ♥♥

My main concern right now was that I had asked her about my monofin being cut a certain way when I had originally said that I want it uncut and have had zero luck on getting a response about that. :-/ It's kind of important to me.

Then, there's also the thing we talked about with her new method of hiding knees and heels. I never gave a straight yes or no about it because I had questions I really wanted answered first, and still no response. :-( I've brought it up in reply to emails that she sent me, but... :-/

I don't want her to build it, then I find out I didn't want that done and she has to take it apart. :-( Now she's sick and I feel really bad about e-mailing her. :<

What should I do? DX

MerEmma
09-19-2013, 09:26 PM
I say keep emailing! Don't want to have her work go to waste. ):

Mermaid Kalliope
09-20-2013, 05:22 AM
I emailed her. >< Augh.... I feel so bad.

Winged Mermaid
09-20-2013, 07:00 AM
I emailed her. >< Augh.... I feel so bad.

I know this feel. I just want you to know, as someone who has felt super bad for feeling like they didn't communicate well enough or early enough leading to issues with their order, Raven is super professional about it. When it comes down to it, she doesn't care about having to redo things- she cares about the customer being happy with their tail. She knows she's essentially making people's dreams, and she pours herself into them! Even if that means having to redo seams, repaint, whatever. It just might take more time, but if you're willing to wait she's willing to make it happen :) From what I've seen, what makes her the happiest is when someone is happy with their tail! I think she would rather you bug her or have her redo than have you not be happy with it. And that's why she is astounding at what she does!

Mermaid Kalliope
09-21-2013, 03:51 AM
Awww... Thanks, Iona. I feel a bit better. I just hate nagging or pestering people. I'm glad she likes working to make their dream come true.

My main concern with time, is that, ideally, I need it by a bit before January. So.... yar. 2-3 weeks, though, isn't bad. :-)

MerEmma
09-21-2013, 11:28 AM
January? I think you'll have it by then. xD

AniaR
09-21-2013, 04:28 PM
another post from Raven:

Hey guys, I'm sorry for delays I promise I'm working on it. Also I know a few of you are waiting to place orders and I said I was going to try and take a few more orders this week, I'm just still sick and by myself, so moving slow. I promise as soon as I can I will take a couple more tail orders and restock the etsy with all the tops. Again thank you for being so patient with me, I love you guys!

Mermaid Kalliope
09-21-2013, 06:05 PM
Okay, so, she got back to me! We got everything worked out and there aren't any "redoing" the tail issues. :-D My tail will stay on schedule! We actually both agreed on the monofin cut. XD That was funny.

So..... yay! Now I don't have to bother her and I feel confident about my tail.

MerEmma
09-21-2013, 06:38 PM
Hooray! I'm getting stoked for your tail too. :D

Seatan
09-21-2013, 09:38 PM
YAY!!! This makes me happy, 'cause I must have an octopus top. I must. Then I shall frighten everyone by wearing it to the grocery store and the gas station and the mall and while walking the dog. But that's okay, 'cause octopus top is awesome. If ya don't like my octopus top, walk on the other side of the road... wouldn't want him to grab you! :eyebrows:

Talia
09-22-2013, 12:36 PM
So jealous! Waaaaant seaweed tooooppppppp!!!

Hear, hear!!

Mermaid Kalliope
09-22-2013, 09:21 PM
MerEmma - Join the group! :-P There are a lot of us super excited. I have friends who want to watch me open it! XD I told them that they can watch the unboxing video and go swimming with me. That'll have to suffice.

Tooooooooops~~~

I'm hoping I can order an octotop soon. The other octopus, not the one Raina has. :-) I'm glad I didn't order it when I ordered my tail, though... my bra size sort of... well, I'm in the process of finding out my real size. XP It's changed since April. Not drastically, but enough to try to discover my new size.

Is anyone else waiting on a tail right now?

Marlin
09-22-2013, 10:34 PM
I'm waiting to place an order for a tail if that counts.

Mermaid Harmony
09-23-2013, 01:19 AM
Kailani, the way she is hiding knees and heels is in my tail, it's neoprene that is in there, it's not on my knees although that would have been cool, but it's in my heel area and so it's a little baggier around that area but it's also fantastic because I don't have to worry about my heels sticking through. Also, FINALLY posted my review of my new galaxy tail. Check it out!

Mermaid Kalliope
09-23-2013, 02:43 PM
Harmony - Oh? The way she talked about it was like it was brand new, and she adds mostly silicone rather than neoprene. I had been slightly concerned with buoyancy in those spots because she had mentioned neoprene. She assured me, though, that it is mostly silicone. So, I don't know if that's the same thing you have. *shrugs* if it is, cool!

Marlin- Sure! Why not? :-P

Yulia
09-23-2013, 04:20 PM
She wrote this a minute ago, hurry hurry!!

We have one Performance Tail spot open for order. If you are interested and have funds available please email MerbellaStudios@gmail.com with READY TO ORDER PERFORMANCE TAIL as the subject. First come, first serve. Only ONE spot open.

-Tyler

deepblue
09-23-2013, 04:40 PM
I was wondering this, even though there's not a chance right now for me to get one, I'm passing it on. The prices, in case someone has been saving for this:

Merbella Studios Inc. (https://www.facebook.com/MerBellaStudios?ref=stream) Performance Tail Prices are $2600




Merbella Studios Inc. (https://www.facebook.com/MerBellaStudios?ref=stream) Fin add-ons......Dorsal-$300 Pectoral Fins-$150 per set

Merman Arion
09-23-2013, 05:08 PM
Update from Raven on FB :

Selling off a Basic Tail. This tail was the first "Basic Tail" we made and the measurements are on the small side. It has a wave mono fin inside.

USED MERBELLA STUDIOS INC. TAIL FOR SALE. MAKE AN OFFER

Estimated measurement:
Vertical
Waist to ankle-36"
Waist to knee-19.5"
Waist to hips-6"

Around
Waist-24"
Hips-28"
Knees-18"
ankles-13"

PLEASE EMAIL MerbellaStudios@gmail.com with USED TAIL FOR SALE as the subject to purchase.

MAKE AN OFFER

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Mermaid Kalliope
09-23-2013, 05:23 PM
Dang... I would have saved close to $250-$400 with the new prices(I don't know what the custom fluke price is right now). XD oh well! I'm sure what I'll be getting will be more than worth it!

XD that tail would BARELY fit. Knees down? Great. Hips up? NOPE. I sure hope it goes to a great home! :-D

If anyone here gets it, pictures!

Aziara
09-23-2013, 05:24 PM
Nuts! Way too small for me, otherwise I would make an offer.

Seatan
09-23-2013, 05:27 PM
This mer got too much junk in the treasure trunk for that tail. Too bad said trunk is not actually overflowing with gold.... :P

MerEmma
09-23-2013, 05:41 PM
Lol...I figured "on the small side" would be close to me. Nope, way too huge :P

Whoever that was made for is way tall, but about the same waist as me with tiny hips. Hopefully it'll fit someone perfectly and go to a good home!

AniaR
09-23-2013, 06:57 PM
yeah just remember that was the FIRST basic tail they made, so it wont be the same as the new ones.

Also, she's updating her prices soon.

Mermaid Allie
09-23-2013, 07:55 PM
Those are my exact measurements like wth. Grrrr I want it but alas I'm broke :'(

Mermaid Cecelia
09-23-2013, 08:14 PM
yeah just remember that was the FIRST basic tail they made, so it wont be the same as the new ones.

Also, she's updating her prices soon.
As in... Prices going up?

TheSolitarySiren
09-23-2013, 08:37 PM
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The main tail price went down from $3000 to $2600 and the extra amenities went up. Dorals fins went from $200 to $300 and Pectoral fins went from $75 per pair to $150 per pair. This is according to Mr. Tyler Stutter, which you can see in the above picture that was screen capped off of the FB page.

So, depending on the tail you want, it can be less expensive. But adding some of the amenities can balance it to it's original pricing. However, I feel like this is a very good deal. I hope the new pricing is correct. :)

Winged Mermaid
09-23-2013, 09:15 PM
Well if it is it would certainly reel in people who are who might have been considering other tailmakers since the base price is lower. I like it that the market its big enough now that competitive pricing is becoming more of an actual thing :)

AniaR
09-23-2013, 09:54 PM
Actuallyno not what I mean. But I don't know their schedule or plan. Just know they plan on making changes in the future

Mermaid Lorelei
09-24-2013, 12:55 AM
Lol...I figured "on the small side" would be close to me. Nope, way too huge :P

Whoever that was made for is way tall, but about the same waist as me with tiny hips. Hopefully it'll fit someone perfectly and go to a good home!

I believe it was originally Mermaid Meshpa's tail, but she no longer works with Merbellas. She can be seen swimming in this tail in one of the Merbella videos.

TheSolitarySiren
09-24-2013, 01:39 AM
I believe it was originally Mermaid Meshpa's tail, but she no longer works with Merbellas. She can be seen swimming in this tail in one of the Merbella videos.

It is. Once I saw the tail I instantly thought of her. It's such a bummer because she was my favourite Merbella. The way she moves and presents herself underwater is flawless. I especially loved hearing her 'Mer-chirp'. I wonder why she doesn't work for them anymore. I loved watching her videos. :)

Anahita
09-24-2013, 02:08 AM
It is. Once I saw the tail I instantly thought of her. It's such a bummer because she was my favourite Merbella. The way she moves and presents herself underwater is flawless. I especially loved hearing her 'Mer-chirp'. I wonder why she doesn't work for them anymore. I loved watching her videos. :)

She was my favorite Merbella too! I loved her performance style. I'm sad she's not with them anymore.

Merman Arion
09-24-2013, 03:53 AM
I believe it was originally Mermaid Meshpa's tail, but she no longer works with Merbellas. She can be seen swimming in this tail in one of the Merbella videos.

I'm curious to see her performance. Do you remember in which video she shows up? :)

TheSolitarySiren
09-24-2013, 03:58 AM
I'm curious to see her performance. Do you remember in which video she shows up? :)

-blushes- -ahem- I like favourited every video with her in it because I love watching her performances.

Mermaid Meshpa in the advertise tail:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_lQOO8nyOY

Some more Videos of Mermaid Meshpa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLUzCmRAr9o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLUzCmRAr9o&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZBsNp2TPFQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZBsNp2TPFQ&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=9)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-asBj4clU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-asBj4clU&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=10)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqfX1N7ytlM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqfX1N7ytlM&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=17)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF6vopK2Hqs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF6vopK2Hqs&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=21)

If none of the links work, please let me know.

Merman Arion
09-24-2013, 08:00 AM
-blushes- -ahem- I like favourited every video with her in it because I love watching her performances.

Mermaid Meshpa in the advertise tail:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_lQOO8nyOY

Some more Videos of Mermaid Meshpa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLUzCmRAr9o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLUzCmRAr9o&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZBsNp2TPFQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZBsNp2TPFQ&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=9)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-asBj4clU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-asBj4clU&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=10)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqfX1N7ytlM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqfX1N7ytlM&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=17)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF6vopK2Hqs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF6vopK2Hqs&list=PLF0FE2AF4EF4CAAF8&index=21)

If none of the links work, please let me know.

You are awesome! Thanks a lot! :hug:

Arella
09-24-2013, 12:17 PM
I had a dream last night that my tail finished up and was sitting at home...

Blondie
09-24-2013, 08:47 PM
I literally have an obsession for that tail she's trying to sell. I wish and wish I had the money right now for something like that :\ I LOVED her first basics. I "think" she made them with the silicone fluke mold. But they caused too much drag so she stopped making that way. That was the story right? xD Or am I wrong? I remember months back I was wondering if she still made them that way, but she doesn't. Blaaahhh I'd sell my soul for that tail. I love the floppiness in it. I don't even care about the monofin being a little visible.

Mizuko
09-24-2013, 09:49 PM
Seeing that the price for performance tails has gone down makes me excited! Although I am making my own silicone tail, I still really want to get a performance tail from Raven!! XD I absolutely adore my partial-silicone one, so I know that a performance one will be totally amazing >.< Now just to start saving again! haha!

Ariel-Starfish
09-25-2013, 03:33 PM
Wow some great news here! Sadly I could never effort a Performance tail, scince shipping to Belguim is just WAAAAAAAY expensive for that! For my basic tail, I had to pay a $1000 shipping (including extra fees etc)

I contacted Raven twice about my tail glue and Ariel bra, but U haven't got any answer.

AniaR
09-25-2013, 05:22 PM
Tyler is taking over communications right now because Raven is still unwell. And he's out doing performances right now with his Circus group

Mermaid Kalliope
09-25-2013, 06:29 PM
Poor girl! Somebody mail her some chicken soup! Stat! Being sick sucks.

:< Wish I could, I make dang good homemade chicken soup.

MerEmma
09-25-2013, 07:10 PM
Gahhhh, I always forget that Tyler does his own work too. :\ She gets sick so often...hope she feels better soon.

MerEmma
09-25-2013, 10:45 PM
That basic tail is being asked $800 for--such a great deal for such a gorgeous tail and she might even haggle it if enough time goes by. I hope someone can swoop it up to a good home!! :D

MerEmma
09-25-2013, 11:04 PM
Some pictures I've been meaning to post as a reference. With my first pair of scale bracers, the scales were easily ripped apart and with a 3+ inch difference between my hands and wrists it was far too easy for them to pull apart. Raven made my second pair with smaller scales and she said she planned to make the Merbella Scale bracers that way from there on, and I just wanted to post real quick as reference the difference between the scale sizes as I still have the little scale scraps she used to put the earrings (gift<3) on. I don't know if she'll do that for the rounded scale bracers but the Merbella ones would definitely have to, these scales are practically invincible. I put a spool of thread as reference for size.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KsaKA9AJ3wE/UkOTjLwy6MI/AAAAAAAAKOY/tdPY0PGYJy4/w640-h480-no/DSCN3117.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-88WN-JQLY-M/UkOTjiwHUDI/AAAAAAAAKOs/yk6lBoCCrzs/w640-h480-no/DSCN3118.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-S7ZHjV0ce2E/UkOTj8tFWLI/AAAAAAAAKOw/bWl7yheFfZo/w640-h480-no/DSCN3120.JPG

(Sorry about the triple posting there...lol. :P)

Blondie
09-26-2013, 03:21 AM
I like the merbella scales on them! I'm glad they got all fixed up Emma! Those earrings are adorable!

*dying cow sound* I wish I had $800. Now I'm tempted to buy a scratch off card...

TheSolitarySiren
09-26-2013, 03:39 AM
Really important question: How stretchy are the basic tails?

I ask because I might be able to fit the tail that Raven is selling. I fit all the measurements except the hips and knees! I'm only 4 inches off. Interesting. So, How stretchy are basic tails? Will it even fit if those two measurements are off? What are your opinions?

Anahita
09-26-2013, 03:47 AM
They likely won't stretch 4 inches.... full silicone won't even stretch 4 inches without being damaged over repeated wear that way.... Neoprene has elasticity to it, but four inches of stress-stretch is a lot on these materials.

TheSolitarySiren
09-26-2013, 03:55 AM
They likely won't stretch 4 inches.... full silicone won't even stretch 4 inches without being damaged over repeated wear that way.... Neoprene has elasticity to it, but four inches of stress-stretch is a lot on these materials.

Welp, I tried. Sorry Mrs. Raven, it looks like she's going to have to wait for that perfect buyer than. Curse my big-beautiful-perfect-birthing-baby hips.

Mermaid Kalliope
09-26-2013, 07:47 AM
Baby birthing hips!!! (I apparently have those... ~35" ish? I'm too lazy to check. Haha )

Ugh... I think I've joined Raven in being sick. Haha no bueno. No me gusta estar enferma. :-(

Emma, those bracers! Augh! Remind me to buy a pair some day and buy some for the mermen in my life. XD

MerEmma
09-26-2013, 04:37 PM
I like the merbella scales on them! I'm glad they got all fixed up Emma! Those earrings are adorable!

*dying cow sound* I wish I had $800. Now I'm tempted to buy a scratch off card...

Oh no, those aren't earrings but it would be neat if they were. That's what the earrings were ON when I got them :P

Ariel-Starfish
09-26-2013, 04:46 PM
Thanks for the post Emma! Could u post a picture of you wearing them? ^^

MerEmma
09-26-2013, 05:08 PM
I don't actually have any currently but I will see about that sometime if I can. :D

Blondie
09-26-2013, 06:22 PM
oooooh!! Those would be neat earrings though o-o

Merrow Erie
09-27-2013, 02:38 PM
That green basic tail is almost the exact color scheme that I want D: Except I wouldn't fit into that thing if my life depended on it. Guhh it's one of my absolute favorite Raven tails too ;;

teeth4u
09-27-2013, 03:14 PM
The green tail would fit me perfectly! I sent her an email, how long do you think it'll be before she responds?

AniaR
09-27-2013, 05:22 PM
The green tail would fit me perfectly! I sent her an email, how long do you think it'll be before she responds?

The tail goes to the first person ready to pay, so if you havent heard you may not have been first. Tyler is handling the emails right now as well.

teeth4u
09-27-2013, 05:34 PM
Oh, I probably won't get the tail then :( I had some questions and the price she is asking for is too high for me.

AniaR
09-27-2013, 05:41 PM
Yeah I think they were pretty clear the tail is going as IS for whoever can pay first.

teeth4u
09-27-2013, 05:46 PM
It wasn't clear to me that the tail was going as is. Where did you find that information? On facebook, a lot of people were asking if it could be repainted and she wasn't answering.

AniaR
09-27-2013, 07:20 PM
it was posted here ;) a few pages back. But yeah, intended for someone ready to buy.

Merley
09-27-2013, 10:14 PM
Soooooo, I scooped up Raven's opening for a performance tail (dying with excitement over here). I'm thinking of doing the angler fluke. Does anyone have one of her tails with the Merbella scales? I was consider getting them because they're gorgeous. But Raven told me they're more fragile than the rounded scales and stretch less. Anyone have an opinion on one over the other?

MerEmma
09-27-2013, 10:17 PM
Mermaid Hyli has them and I know Oceana does too. I have the smaller ones on my bracers but when I had the larger scales YES, they were very much fragile. I can't compare them to rounded scales but they ripped the first time I put the bracers on (granted my hands are a 3+ inch different and it might not be as bad on a tail) but they are fragile. If you look at the picture above you can kind of see how thin they are on the green scrap of scale, which is tail-size.

Merley
09-27-2013, 10:27 PM
I saw that, Emma. they look so pretty. But I would be devestated if I ripped my tail. I've never had full silicone either, so maybe I should get the rounded scales...

Winged Mermaid
09-27-2013, 10:32 PM
Soooooo, I scooped up Raven's opening for a performance tail (dying with excitement over here). I'm thinking of doing the angler fluke. Does anyone have one of her tails with the Merbella scales? I was consider getting them because they're gorgeous. But Raven told me they're more fragile than the rounded scales and stretch less. Anyone have an opinion on one over the other?

I own the classic scales, and have seen the Merbella scales up close on 4+ occasions. I actually saw the Mebella scales up close before I ordered and that sealed me getting the classic scales. They're beautiful, but they are much more fragile.. it's just due to the design. The classic scales are uniform in thickness. The Merbella scales are very thick around the edges and thin in the middle and dips. Also the merbella scales are heavier than the classic. I got classic and a competitor, the other tail had merbella scales and a foil.. huge weight difference! Also the mebella scales stretch less but when they start stretching.. well on this tail you could see the nylon mesh and see THROUGH the scales because of how tin the thinnest part of the scales are cast :/ But the merbella scales sure to pop something fierce in photos and can make the paint job look holographic. Pros and cons for sure.

AniaR
09-27-2013, 10:42 PM
rounded for sure if you're going to use it a lot!

MerEmma
09-27-2013, 10:42 PM
I think if you're worried about ripping it the rounded are much better. The merbella scales are SO gorgeous and I love them SO much but I would never get them on a tail, I was so disappointed and upset when they ripped on the bracers, let alone a $3,000+ tail. =\

Merley
09-27-2013, 10:44 PM
Hmm I rather go for utility than aesthetics. Plus the rounded scales are still lovely. I guess I'll stick with rounded. Also, Winged Mermaid, I saw your unboxing video. You were so happy, but so is everyone who opens one of Raven's FedEx boxes :P Can't wait to be one of them.

Yulia
09-28-2013, 06:52 AM
Don't know about the scales, but the angler fluke is my favourite of hers, looking forward to seeing it done!

Mermaid Kalliope
09-29-2013, 08:35 AM
I would like to get the Merbella scales, but not on the current tail. Someday, I'll make a design that can have them. XD they do look really shimmery, but I know that Hyli had a rip fairly soon. :-( So, like Iona said... pros and cons.

Also, Hyli has both the scales AND the angler fluke. They look amazing together. :-D

Merley
09-29-2013, 08:51 AM
I know, her tail is to die for. But I rather not risk the rip. Anyone have any idea how many people on here have angler flukes? I'm trying to get an idea on the size of it, because in Hyli's picture 14895 it looks massive but in some of Raven's videos it looks smaller. It looks awesome in the water tho. I want a really big fluke. Like looking at Iona's when she holds her's next to her head, it looks enormous. I'm just so excited and indecisive. I have a month to decide what I want.

AniaR
09-29-2013, 01:35 PM
Depends on the monofin you get in it

Merley
09-29-2013, 05:39 PM
I'm definitely thinking competitor, though I like the flowy/floppiness at the ends with some of the smaller monofins. :/ Decisions, decisions...

Mermaid Kalliope
09-29-2013, 07:04 PM
The size can also sort of be skewed by your own body. If you have itty bitty ankles, the fluke will look bigger, and if you have thicker ankles, well... you get the point. Haha

I know my fluke (custom done) is the largest she's done, and it should still have flow in the tips. Also, look at Raina's fluke! It has a competitor filling it and it still has nice flop, plus the tips are wibbly. :3 It's not super flowy like a foil would cause, but it still has movement to it.

So, I think (ask Hyli to be certain) that the spikey parts of the angler are floppy. If that helps at all. :-)

Merley
09-29-2013, 07:13 PM
Well, she's tiny so I guess that's why it looks so big. I have big feet and relatively small ankles, so hopefully it will look alright proportion-wise. Hey Kailani, would you mind posting a picture of your tail/fluke? While I'm sure you may have posted it at one time elsewhere it's such a pain in the arse to hunt down stuff in other threads. I didn't see it on your fb either.

Mermaid Kalliope
09-30-2013, 03:35 PM
Waikiki - I can do that when I'm home tonight. :-) I'm on my mobile most of the time and can't post pictures. :-(

I don't have a picture on my FB because I'm keeping my tail hush hush until I get colour pictures. :-P

If you look on the Merbella FB, it is the fluke on the white and purple tail with the funky pattern. The one people say has an alien face on it. XD I think it's neat.

MermaidHyli
09-30-2013, 06:20 PM
Oh hi there guys haha its been awhile, let's see I'll try to answer all or any questions. Yes the merbellas scales are a bit see through but as soon as you put it on you can't see through. They are stretchy and thinner. As far as wear and tear I've had a bit of trouble with my dorsal (already talked to Raven and having it fixed in October) and sadly during shipping process it tore a bit at my waist but we have been very careful every time I wear it to not make it worse (also getting fixed) I really do love the look they give and the kids really like them as well. I have seen the rounded scales first hand and I do like them I guess the girly girl in me prefers the more detailed scale. Again this is just my personal opinion. As for my fluke, in that picture the fluke is enlarged because of the positioning of my body to the underwater camera Chris uses. Whatever is closer to the lens will appear larger. My fluke is exactly 2 feet in diameter. The 'spikes'? on the sides are actually pretty stiff and not floppy. I recommend the angler if you are smaller just because the tail in itself already weighs about 30 pounds. Again me personally I love the smaller fluke. It's all about what you like and what you want to use the tail for =] Oh, and I do have really awesome propulsion I was able to keep up with sharks and sea turtles(those buggers are fast) when I was in the ocean with my tail...maybe I should do a review haha

MerEmma
09-30-2013, 06:44 PM
You should! :D

Mermaid Kalliope
10-01-2013, 02:31 AM
This is my fluke design, not my tail. Keep in mind that this colouring is all hers and does not reflect the colouring of my own tail. :-) Also, this has a foil in it, not a competitor.

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I'm so excited to get this! ^_^ I hope she's feeling better. :-) I really am all giddy that I could get an e-mail at any time. >o<

Mizuko
10-01-2013, 03:22 AM
*dies* the colour/design of that tail is just mind blowing. I love Raven's art!! XD

AniaR
10-01-2013, 08:35 PM
you designed one hell of a fluke! so unique!

teeth4u
10-01-2013, 09:22 PM
Does Raven announce when she has spots open for Basic Tails like she does with the Performance Tails?

AniaR
10-01-2013, 09:52 PM
yes

Mermaid Kalliope
10-02-2013, 12:23 AM
Awww! Thanks, Raina! ^_^ I wanted a fluke that was different than everybody else's. Plus, personally, I'm not a fan of that center dip. *shrugs* No idea why. Haha :-D Don't mind if others have it, but I don't want it. XD

SeaNymph
10-02-2013, 02:48 AM
Does anyone know how to contact Raven successfully? I'm waiting for my tail for five months now and messaged her a lot and I really want to know what's going on or get progress info or photos. I emailed her at info@merbellas.com and FB without success. Does she maybe another email address? What else can I do?

AniaR
10-02-2013, 08:20 AM
Well there's been all these group updates posted to fb I keep posting here that have been explaining various delays and that Tyler is doing the emails right now....

AniaR
10-02-2013, 08:21 AM
And yeah you should email merbellastudios@gmail.com

SeaNymph
10-02-2013, 03:58 PM
Many thanks, Raina, okay I will try on that email then...

Mermaid Kalliope
10-03-2013, 03:36 PM
156 days and counting. I'm getting all excited and.anxious!

teeth4u
10-03-2013, 04:33 PM
Does the basic tail have a silicone fluke like the performance tails? and then just neoprene lining in the body of the tail.

MerEmma
10-03-2013, 05:10 PM
I believe her new design is where just the fluke is neoprene lined? Not sure but either way she has a new basic design.

AniaR
10-03-2013, 05:39 PM
yeah new basic design hasnt been released yet

Mer-Crazy
10-04-2013, 09:26 PM
I don't know about the 'new new' basic design, but the most recent ones she's put out do have neoprene in the fluke as well. I'd say though, if she were to remove it from one part or the other, having the fluke silicone makes more sense to me, I think the body is generally bigger isn't it? And the neoprene in the fluke does cause some problems, it makes it very heavy when wet and it also makes it quite bulky.



ON a side note, I'd like to know if anyone has a merbella's performance tail with a foil monofin? I'm thinking about it for my eventual performance tail because looking at it, I kind of like the floppy look more. I've heard Raven has them in all of her tails? Any customers?

Winged Mermaid
10-04-2013, 10:45 PM
Well when you cast a fluke and make it one hunk of silicone like she does most of the silicone is in the fluke (and most of the weight too), plus the body is much more likely to wear out than the fluke is IMO, and non neoprene backed scales make the fit of the body much better. So all in all it does make more sense to make full silicone scales and partial silicone fluke.

I know Oceana and Ayla have foils in their performance tails. The foil ones are heavier and much harder to lift (in or out of the water, come to think of it I don't think I've seen Oceana ever lift hers over her head..) but they are nice and flowy.

AniaR
10-04-2013, 10:58 PM
yeah I think all of Raven's performance tails are foils, I don't think the competitor fits in the tank very well. She did some photos in mine both times she had it and said it was very big in the tank.

Mermaid Harmony
10-05-2013, 12:24 AM
I don't know if her new basic tail design is the same as my hybrid one she made, but if it is,there is no neoprene in fluke, just by my ankles to keep my heels from showing, the inside is a mesh in the body tail of the portion. But I like it, because I'd be terrified of slicing through the full silicone body tails with no black mesh on the inside, and then the fluke is lighter as well. :-)

Mer-Crazy
10-05-2013, 12:38 AM
Argh! So many decisions! It would be nice to be able to try them out before buying. But I think I live a little far away haha.

MerEmma
10-05-2013, 12:53 AM
Does this count? lol

https://scontent-a-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/303600_553472168013644_1189309278_n.jpg

Ayla was able to get hers above her head here, but I'd say for more insight to contact Raven since she's tried both monofins. I feel like the Oceanika, if you like that fluke, is kind of a middle ground between the two. :)

https://scontent-b-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/48086_456431424422389_1869681726_n.jpg

AniaR
10-05-2013, 12:56 AM
I think there's some confusion, i'll ask Raven. I thought the only tails made with neoprene in the fluke were the original basics and that was phased out. So the first basic tail they ever made, the green one that she was selling, she was explaining it has a neoprene and silicone fluke (part of why the monofin was so visible). I think maybe because she shared that people got confused?

AniaR
10-05-2013, 12:57 AM
side note: my mermaid creations tail inc is a finis foil with silicone. I can't lift it above my head, and it's extremely heavy. But the advantage is that it's super flowy. In all the photos you see where it's up, we've lifted it up just before the photo. So I think I'm the only one who can actually tell you what it's like to compare the competitor to the foil in silicone tails...? (not sure) and it really just depends what functionality you'r elooking for

MerEmma
10-05-2013, 01:08 AM
Wow, really? Can't Ama get it up on her own? That's rough. =\

Mer-Crazy
10-05-2013, 01:19 AM
side note: my mermaid creations tail inc is a finis foil with silicone. I can't lift it above my head, and it's extremely heavy. But the advantage is that it's super flowy. In all the photos you see where it's up, we've lifted it up just before the photo. So I think I'm the only one who can actually tell you what it's like to compare the competitor to the foil in silicone tails...? (not sure) and it really just depends what functionality you'r elooking for
Do you feel the weight in the water? How does it affect your swimming? (i.e does it make it harder to swim or anything like that) If I did get it, I'd want to primarily just use it for recreational swimming in pools or ocean and maybe gigs at a much later date. I just like the look of the flowy-ness a lot more, but if it's going to be too heavy for me then I'd have to rethink it.

MerEmma
10-05-2013, 01:30 AM
I don't think anyone would recommend a Foil for ocean swimming, but I could be wrong. If you intend to swim in the ocean you need a really powerful kick.

AniaR
10-05-2013, 11:46 AM
Honestly, my PERSONAL OPINION is get a competitor for that sort of use. No matter how skilled the mermaid is who puts on my foil tail, they find it harder to swim in the ocean. And always much much heavier with no kick. For a pool it's not the end of the world, you're usually lounging around with kids anyway. Competitors are built for ocean swimming. I can go against the current (not that I'm suggesting you do that) in it, and I don't worry about my safety when I use it as much as the other.

Jessica
10-05-2013, 12:15 PM
I have a foil in the silicone tail I made and it's very difficult to lift my fluke if I'm sitting down. If I'm on my stomach I can lift it over my head and slap the water, but its very floppy and a little difficult to move around. However, it really does look very realistic because its so floppy...it really reminds me of a fish.

If you have any intention of going in the ocean I would get a competitor. I honestly don't know if I would take my tail in the ocean unless it was very calm because the foil doesn't give me enough power. If you're going to have a 30lb tail you really need a strong monofin. I do a lot more kicking with my foil than i do with my wave monofin. I've never tried a competitor, but there is a huge difference between the foil and the wave so I can only imagine how much power the competitor would offer.

Ariel-Starfish
10-05-2013, 03:50 PM
Ok I'm a bit confused: DO basic tails have neoprene in the fluke? And what's it about the 'new basic tail' line? Sorry for all the questions! I have been away for a while.

side note: I'm going for my last (mermaid) swim tomorrow! I'll be having a surgery this thursday and will not be able to swim for TWO WEEKS!! Oh the horror! :'(

teeth4u
10-05-2013, 04:19 PM
Ok I'm a bit confused: DO basic tails have neoprene in the fluke? And what's it about the 'new basic tail' line? Sorry for all the questions! I have been away for a while.

side note: I'm going for my last (mermaid) swim tomorrow! I'll be having a surgery this thursday and will not be able to swim for TWO WEEKS!! Oh the horror! :'(

I'm wondering the same thing! I'm saving up for one of her tails and I would really like a basic tail because I definitely don't need a performance tail. I would really like it if the fluke was all silicone like the performance tails.

Have a great swim! And good luck with your surgery, you'll be back in the water in no time :)

AniaR
10-05-2013, 05:36 PM
I thought I just addressed that? lol the original line of basic tails did? But after that they didnt? But I think people got confused because she sold the first basic she ever made and she made a point of telling people they had neoprene on the fluke.

teeth4u
10-05-2013, 05:42 PM
I thought I just addressed that? lol the original line of basic tails did? But after that they didnt? But I think people got confused because she sold the first basic she ever made and she made a point of telling people they had neoprene on the fluke.

Sorry! Haha I hate making you repeat yourself but thank you so much for answering all our questions! Are you and Raven good friends? You seem to always have the scoop on what is going on.

Mermaid Fenicia
10-05-2013, 05:44 PM
side note: I'm going for my last (mermaid) swim tomorrow! I'll be having a surgery this Thursday and will not be able to swim for TWO WEEKS!! Oh the horror! :'(
Only 2 weeks? You are a lucky girl. I have to wait until the 8th January, until I know when I can go swimming again. :(

AniaR
10-05-2013, 05:49 PM
Sorry! Haha I hate making you repeat yourself but thank you so much for answering all our questions! Are you and Raven good friends? You seem to always have the scoop on what is going on.

That's because I was managing the emails for a while for them, and I was the first Merbellas customer so I know the whole history

Winged Mermaid
10-05-2013, 08:21 PM
15000

From her new line of tops! OH MY FREAKING GOD. :jawdrop:

MerEmma
10-05-2013, 08:39 PM
WOW! Where'd you find that? It's SO detailed.

Winged Mermaid
10-05-2013, 09:04 PM
Ooops, I guess she hasn't posted that on her business FB yet! She'll probably post it once she's done with the entire top, this is just after she finished paining the silicone part I think! It's her Ursula top from the new "The Little Merbella" line that's she's been waiting for Halloween season to post :)

MerEmma
10-05-2013, 09:21 PM
Oooh, exciting. Can't wait to see the whole thing, very neat. <3 Do you know if she actually was going to have the Little Mermaid fluke available to the public? I thought I saw a post somewhere that it was going to be but I can't find it and I don't know. :\

AniaR
10-06-2013, 01:35 AM
I briefly caught up with Raven. She was still sick for about a week, like in bed sick. But she's coming round now and catching up. Several tails are just about finished, and Daniela's been all sorted- she was emailing the wrong email hence not hearing anything about her tail ;) there was also a monofin shortage that slowed things down.

For future reference folks, remember, the email that works is merbellastudios@gmail.com :)

Mer-Crazy
10-06-2013, 04:54 AM
I emailed Raven and she said she advises against it, and that they try and urge people away from the foil because it makes the fluke very unmanageable on land. It's not that it's 'heavier' than the competitor, more just that you don't have control of the fluke out of the water, making it difficult to life the fluke over your head or do tail slaps and it can be harder to move around. She also said you won't be able to swim as fast or as easily as you would with a competitor. She also said that it's not recommended for open water swimming.

SO I probably won't end up getting a foil :( Even though I liked the look of the flowyness.

Also! On the basic tail/neoprene fluke note: I have a basic and I'm fairly sure that it does have neoprene in it. I can't say 100 percent, because I haven't cut it open to look and I didn't make it but it looks and feels like it does, compared to what I've seen in performance.

Echidna
10-06-2013, 08:21 AM
That octopus top looks so "octopussy" (hehe) I wouldn't dare to wear it :lol:
(just as I wouldn't want to wear a top looking like a genuine spider)

I'm sure more courageous mers will love it tho

Merley
10-06-2013, 08:29 AM
That top is awesome! So much want. Wonder how much she's going to charge for them.

Ariel-Starfish
10-06-2013, 08:58 AM
Wow stunning Ursula top! I can't wakt what more she's been up to! :)

Raina: Any news on the top orders?

Mermaid Kalliope
10-06-2013, 09:24 AM
*spazzes* Gaaaaahhh.... octotops! I'm going to see if I have enough money from my seasonal job to add one to my order. :3 I reeeeeeally hope I can! (Or just order it separately because I think my tail is almost done. 83 )

Mermaid Syrena
10-06-2013, 11:47 AM
DAT TOP. Ursula is just the best, and any top based on her is awesome. So it's going to be out around Halloween? Doesn't that mean that the mers who order it will receive it after Halloween, though?

Phoenix Mermaid
10-06-2013, 01:26 PM
I know my tail does in fact have neoprene in the fluke. The fluke in my tail won't dry so I have to roll it half way down, then try to put washcloths on top of the foot sockets and under the foot sockets. I push them down as far as I can get it to go. The neoprene goes down far (it might even help make up part of the fluke, with silicone on top. although that I can't be sure about) But yes the basic tail has neoprene in the fluke.

Ariel-Starfish
10-06-2013, 02:58 PM
I know my tail does in fact have neoprene in the fluke. The fluke in my tail won't dry so I have to roll it half way down, then try to put washcloths on top of the foot sockets and under the foot sockets. I push them down as far as I can get it to go. The neoprene goes down far (it might even help make up part of the fluke, with silicone on top. although that I can't be sure about) But yes the basic tail has neoprene in the fluke.

Than probably mine will have it as well ;)

Winged Mermaid
10-06-2013, 08:40 PM
Wow stunning Ursula top! I can't wakt what more she's been up to! :)

Raina: Any news on the top orders?

I guess you didn't see, but Raina isn't doing emails for them anymore right now, so she might not know. Plus Raven's been sick in bed. Just telling what I know!



DAT TOP. Ursula is just the best, and any top based on her is awesome. So it's going to be out around Halloween? Doesn't that mean that the mers who order it will receive it after Halloween, though?

It usually takes weeks for her to fill top orders, and she hasn't listed it yet so I don't think anyone will be getting them in time for Halloween. I think she's just going with the spirit of the season ;)

Mermaid Syrena
10-06-2013, 11:21 PM
Thanks, Iona! Maybe she'll release it with her other tops when she restocks etsy with 'em. *fins crossed* It's (the top, that is) deviously divine. *launches into rendition of Poor Unfortunate Souls*

Elle
10-07-2013, 12:09 AM
incase you hadn't seen it yet


http://youtu.be/GwT15mqstHk

Winged Mermaid
10-07-2013, 12:22 AM
↑ :drool:

Mermaid Annariea
10-07-2013, 01:25 AM
i LOVE raven's expression in that.

"you sailors are so screwed" xD

Merley
10-07-2013, 05:37 AM
Is that a clear seaweed type fin in the preview video? O.O If so, I'm totes changing my fluke idea.

Mermaid Syrena
10-07-2013, 05:42 AM
Waikiki Mermaid: Nope, tis the She-Creature inspired fin (you can find pics of it on the Merbella Studios FB page). I think it just looks transparent because it's been laid against the sand, which is a similar colour. Lucky ducky, I can't wait to see how your tail eventually turns out :)

Merley
10-07-2013, 08:56 AM
Thought it might be the She Creature one, it looks different in the video tho. I like it. Me too, Syrena. I'm SO excited; you have no idea. I just started running from the first day of my month long intense workout program. Going again 7 hours. It's begun...

Mermaid Octavia
10-07-2013, 09:18 AM
They looked so cold in there, or maybe nervous as I could see some of them shaking. But they were so beautiful and I love the song too. XD

Ariel-Starfish
10-07-2013, 09:23 AM
↑ :drool:

TOTALLY!! :drool:

AniaR
10-07-2013, 11:28 AM
It was storming. Literally

Mermaid Octavia
10-07-2013, 11:31 AM
Oh I have no doubt. They looked lovely, regardless of the weather. They're brave ladies to go out there in a storm!

MerEmma
10-07-2013, 01:31 PM
Omg, I love that video. It's so silly but they all look so serious. Everyone is so pretty and the accessories look gorgeous too. <3

Mermaid_Aurora
10-07-2013, 04:19 PM
I'm a little worried.

That all blue headdress with the crystals is a headdress I asked Raven to make me, and I haven't got it yet. I been trying to get ahold of her for over a month to no success. I was suppose to get more pictures of it, but never got sent any, and then end up seeing the merbella mermaids wearing it.

I'm terrified my headdress got given away, or something. But, I don't know how to contact her about it. I'm not having any success with sending emails, at all, and I'm even sending them on her email day.

MerEmma
10-07-2013, 04:37 PM
Sure you have the correct email address? I don't have anything to tell you...just keep emailing. :\

Mermaid_Aurora
10-07-2013, 04:43 PM
Yup I have the same email for her that I have always used but no matter how many times I email her I am getting no response..

Mermaid Cecelia
10-07-2013, 05:15 PM
Okay, so Marlin told me that he saw on Facebook that the price for basic tails went up, but when I checked I didn't see where he found it. Can anyone clear this up for me, cuz I thought they were $1000, but he says that they changed to $1500

teeth4u
10-07-2013, 05:19 PM
Okay, so Marlin told me that he saw on Facebook that the price for basic tails went up, but when I checked I didn't see where he found it. Can anyone clear this up for me, cuz I thought they were $1000, but he says that they changed to $1500

I saw that too. It's in her notes https://www.facebook.com/MerBellaStudios/notes

MerEmma
10-07-2013, 05:23 PM
I'm so confused about that note, though! :P



Tail is custom made to your provided measurements.
100% DragonSkin platimun cure silicone.
Made with a Competitor Monofin. (no foil, Wave, Rapid, Oceanika, etc. options?)
Raised rounded scales and fluke texture.
I am also able to customize the shape of the fluke with this design.
It is neoprene lined and slightly buoyant in the water. (Doesn't it say 100% silicone, or is that just referring to the silicone's Dragonskin quality?)
Includes your custom color design. *I do not charge extra for colors.
Basic design does not include any "extra fins".

Mermaid Cecelia
10-07-2013, 05:34 PM
It just makes me sad that the price went up...

MerEmma
10-07-2013, 05:35 PM
The new one I think will be much better designed though from what I've heard, and the performance tail went down so I do think it's a fair trade off.

Mermaid Cecelia
10-07-2013, 05:45 PM
:( still... I had half the money saved, now I only have a third saved

AniaR
10-07-2013, 06:20 PM
Yup I have the same email for her that I have always used but no matter how many times I email her I am getting no response..

Which still may be the old email if it's the info@merbellas one. Nobody has been getting email responses for the past little while, for all the reasons we've been documenting here. And Raven usually features her products when she has time on a model or herself so she can have a photo of her art or something before she sends it out (she's done photoshoots in my tail) unless the customer specifically requests that they don't. So double check your email, and remember she JUST got back on the saddle after being sick for a week. You said you asked Raven to make it for you, but did you pay her to make it for you? (I'm not in the emails at this time so I can't check). If you didn't pay, she's probably not responding to emails right now for things that arne't paid for because she's trying to get all the current orders out. I know people will often email asking to make something custom like a head dress or top but they don't get to the paying stage for whatever reason, and she has to take care of paid orders first and doesn't have time to do those emails.


As for the basic tail price,

The basic tail price HAD to go up. The 1000$ price was for the first prototypes of the tails which looked like this:
http://mernetwork.com/index/attachment.php?attachmentid=14763&d=1379966875



But people wanted more detail, more options etc and she uses more materials, and the basic tails take MORE TIME TO CREATE than the performance tails. It's the first time she's upped her prices and she's been making these tails now for almost 2 years. (compare that to others who have changed prices upwards of 4 times in a year with much bigger increases) I'm sorry people are disappointed, but many of us have been encouraging her to up the basic price for a year now because they take so much work and she's wearing herself so thin. The tails take way more materials now, have way more details, and take way more time than any other product she makes. They're also the highest one in demand. And she's STILL working on improving them.

Plus, she put the performance tail down in price.

As for the note, the whole thing needs to be updated but it wont be until their done redesigning the tails the way they want them to be and they begin to take orders again.

I'm not trying to come off all crazy and I am NOT speaking for Raven, I am just one of the many people who have been encouraging her for a long time now to put the price up for the basic tails because I see how much extra time and money she pours into every one.

Mermaid_Aurora
10-07-2013, 06:28 PM
No it's her merbellastudios@gmail.com email.

And no, thats why I'm trying to get ahold of her. She told me she wouldn't know how much it would cost until it was finished, so I was suppose to pay after it was done. She told me early on that when it was finished she'd tell me and put it in her etsy so I could buy it. I was also told I'd get more pictures of the finished headdress but I haven't gotten any of that either.

AniaR
10-07-2013, 06:35 PM
And no, thats why I'm trying to get ahold of her. She told me she wouldn't know how much it would cost until it was finished, so I was suppose to pay after it was done. She told me early on that when it was finished she'd tell me and put it in her etsy so I could buy it. I was also told I'd get more pictures of the finished headdress but I haven't gotten any of that either.

If you haven't paid, you're going to have to wait. She hasnt restocked her etsy for a reason, or done anything for anyone who hasn't paid stuff yet because the customers who have paid 1000s of dollar get first priority and as you've seen in the thread there are people who have been waiting patiently for tails for a while. She was sick, monofins got delayed, and she's had to do it all by herself when usually she at least has her husband to help her. I've been passing on everything here. Once all the tail orders are out, she'll restock the etsy and go back to top and head dresses and accessory orders etc and people can pay for stuff and buy it. Right now the priority is to get the tails out and if you still want the head dress when she's done all that, then it'll be there! I'm sorry you'v ehad to wait but you can't really complain about something you haven't actually bought. i'll mention it to Raven.

Mermaid_Aurora
10-07-2013, 06:45 PM
I know just seeing one of the models wearing it kinda scared me I thought maybe I was too late cause I ordered it 8 months ago if I counted correctly

AniaR
10-07-2013, 06:55 PM
you talked about ordering it, it's not ordered til it's paid for. Anyway, I mentioned to Raven. She didn't see any emails She thought you just weren't interested in it anymore or forgot about it. so I suggested she check spam and there's a bunch of blank ones from you? Anyway she's going to email you when she finds some time.

Mermaid_Aurora
10-07-2013, 07:00 PM
I kinda figured since I commissioned it and she MADE it that it was kinda considered ordered :/ I dont understand why someone would make someones order and only consider it "talked about".

Don't know why there's blank emails. All my emails had a reply in them so that's odd.